Quality Checklist for Online Courses

State University of West Georgia

1. Course Design

Does the course meet the criteria in this area?

Description

Meets Criteria

Does Not Meet Criteria

Comments

Course contains a student orientation.

Explains how to get started, where to get information about using WebCT and help with WebCT, drop deadlines, format for assignments, requirements for chat and email, instructor response time.

 

 

 

Course contains staff information.

Includes instructor name, biographical information picture, email address, telephone numbers, office hours.

 

 

 

Course contains a syllabus and a variety of learning media.

Includes course content delivered through media like Powerpoint presentations, short lectures in audio or video format Horizon Live, links to resources on websites, or CD-Rom materials.

 

 

 

Course assignments are designed to be interactive.

Students are required to interact regularly with each other and the instructor via email, chat room, or discussion board.

 

 

 

Course assignments are designed to address a variety of learning styles.

Includes written assignments, reading activities, discussions, visual/audio presentations, case studies and other options.

 

 

 

Course assignments give students the opportunity to engage in critical and abstract thinking.

Students are challenged to solve problems and apply concepts in context.

 

 

 

Course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to measure student mastery of course competencies

Assessments include online or proctored tests, projects, demonstrations, extended discussions, demonstrations, presentations, and/or case studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Instructional Processes

Does the course meet the criteria in this area?

Description

Meets Criteria

Does Not Meet Criteria

Comments

The instructor interacts routinely with students.

Initiates contact on the first day of class and daily through drop-add period; at least three times per week thereafter.

 

 

 

The instructor monitors student activity adequately.

Contacts students who are having difficulties; checks course statistics to note frequency of student login.

 

 

 

The instructor provides adequate student support.

Responds to student emails promptly; provides substantive and timely responses to assignments and tests.

 

 

 

The instructor is accessible to students

Maintains office hours at different times of the day to be accessible to working students; posts lack of availability when sick or traveling; informs students of weekend email policy.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Institutional Processes

Does the course meet the criteria in this area?

Description

Meets Criteria

Does Not Meet Criteria

Comments

Instructor is qualified.

The instructor meets requirements of UWG and SACS.

 

 

 

Instructor has met training requirements to teach an online course.

Instructor has been trained through the DDEC.

 

 

 

Online students are provided with support services.

Students have access to reasonable and adequate support services.

 

 

 

Online students are provided with adequate information on institutional processes.

Students receive complete and timely information on registration and deadlines; financial aid processes and deadlines; cost and payment policies and deadlines; student services information.